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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter, Brought to You by the Muppets and JC Superstar

front cover of Graham's album
Even though I'm not a Christian, I definitely appreciate myself a good Jesus Christ Superstar. As a kid, I listened to the record (I know, who owns records?) over and over and loved singing the songs. I think I even choreographed a tap dance to King Herod's Song when I was 8. I love the musical so much that I've even incorporated my own little Easter tradition of eating matzah while I watch the dirty '70s version (the only version in my mind) of JC Superstar. What can I say? I grew up doing theatre. Dancing and singing in your living room was pretty much required.

Have you ever wondered what the Muppets would sound like if they recorded their own version of the rock opera? Well, no, I'm sure you probably haven't. The fact that this could exist in the universe wasn't really something I had thought about before the very second I discovered it was a thing. And why has someone not made this a full scale movie?

1973 film version with Ted Neely as JC
Some guy named Christo Graham from Quebec pondered this question enough to not only cast Muppets in their appropriate roles, but to also make a "cast album." Oh, and if you were wondering about the cast list, Kermit plays Jesus, while Gonzo as Judas, Rowlf as King Herod and Miss Piggy as Mary Magdalene round out the ensemble. I know, I was a bit perplexed of the choice of Miss Piggy for the Seminole role of Mary Magdalene, but as the Muppets are lacking women, it seems she's the logical choice.

If you want to give it a listen, you can go here for some smiles. I hope you're enjoying your Easter and eating lots of Cadbury Creme Eggs! I know I am.

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